"But when [playwright Lynn Nottage] set out to become a playwright she exchanged the joy of musicals for the mantle of racial identity, which made her early plays feel like a didactic throwback to the Black Arts Movement. This is not an unusual phenomenon: black artists are often torn between the work they do for themselves and the work they feel they should do for their people. Eventually, Nottage realized that she didn't have to write black; she was black, and her race would be inhernent in everything she did--as would her feminism."
Now go back and insert "Mormon" for "black." I think too many of us (me included) sometimes sacrifice our joy and passion for trying to Say Something. And often we feel it's our job go Say Something Mormon (or, perhaps, Something Moral). But I believe very much what Nottage came to realize--that just be being true to our own world views (which, as Mormons, are inherently optimistic--ultimately--but also realistic--hopefully), honest in the way we depict things, we are saying something. (And, in fact, we fail artistically as soon as we try to insert a message.)
What do you think?